From his vast storehouse of knowledge about the Adams family. Nagelpulls out the feminine threads of that tapestry to write all about the Adams women, from Abigail to daughter Nabby, from Louisa Catherine Adams, wife of John Quincy, to Clover Adams, wife of Henry, with others making more than cameo appearances. They all lived exceptional, if not extraordinary, lives, in different ways.
What a splendid, moving book!...No one who reads this chronicle of the remarkable Adams women will forget them, or look upon their time in quite the same way again.
A sensitive evocation of the lives of the Adams women...Deeply informative and a pleasure to read.
Nagel's research is assiduous, his prose fluid and compelling.
Splendid...[an] admirably, often eloquently, written book.
Paul C. Nagel is former Director of the Virginia Historical Society, a trustee of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, a cultural laureate of Virginia, and a contributing editor of American Heritage.